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The Big Celebration


Schedule of Events

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Old Stump
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Roots of Carson City and Downieville

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 Carson City Sesquicentennial (150th Birthday) ... 2008
View great birthday photos posted to Flickr.
Thanks to Dana Freund, Fred Nietz, and Scott Schrantz.
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Nevada Appeal Arlington Group Melodious Creations Karson Kruzers
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Brewery Arts Center  City Center Motel  Carson City Office of Business Development Carson City Chamber of Commerce
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To become a sponsor, please download a sponsor package in WORD FORMAT or PDF FORMAT or contact Maxine for a custom sponsor program.

Thanks to Boy Scout Troops #44 and #45, Nevada Area Council, Pine Nut District for helping with this event.

Also, thanks to the Nevada National Guard and the Carson City Democratic Women's Club.

Purple Wave Auction will be holding a live auction in conjunction with Carson City's Sesquicentennial. Join Purple Wave on Aug.16th at 1:00 at Fuji Park for Purple Wave's grand opening auction. All proceeds from items marked on with the Carson City 150th year logo will be donated to the CC 150 Fund to aid the Nevada State Museum and Children's Museum. If you would like to donate items to be auctioned on Aug. 16th for the CC150 fund please contact Purple Wave at 775-461-0081 


Announcing a new online clearinghouse for Carson history
It's based on the Wikipedia model, where anyone can make changes and add new material.
Or, you can go directly to Carsonpedia's Sesquicentennial page at

Historic Lecture: The Carson City Historical Society's last lecture for this season will be November 18, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop, Carson City. It is free and open to the public. The lecture is called Carson City Historical Society presents "Reflections of Carson City" with Ron James, State Historic Preservation Officer and the topic will be Mark Twain and the Comstock connection. This is a first time lecture as Ron as done research at Bancroft Library on some new Mark Twain material. Call 882-1805 for info.

Carson City Sesquicentennial Committee

The Committee 

(l-r) Denver Dickerson, Maizie Harris Jesse, Loretta Marcin, Fred Nietz, Deborah Stevenson, Melodie Masterson, Lynette Cameron, Rob Galloway, Maxine Nietz, Jed Block, Tony Marcin

Cup cake with 1 candle

The Big Celebration

The aroma of chili, the sounds of music, and lots of fun. The Big Day will take place at the Nugget Parking Lot on Carson Street across from the Casino from Noon to 6 PM. Booths and food also. Be sure to be at the cake cutting at 3:30 PM.

The State Museum's Coin Education Fair (to replace the Coin Show for this construction year) will be on-going both Saturday and Sunday. The Children's Museum Annual Carnival will be Saturday only.

The Carson City Historical Society at the Roberts House Museum, 1217 N. Carson Street, will hold an Ice Cream Social that afternoon to cool down those hot taste buds. Call 882-5694 for more info on this.

The Birthday Bash Celebration will be Saturday from Noon to 6 PM, with live music all day, a great chili cook-off, craft booths, rock climbing wall, food, and of course a giant Birthday Cake!  All these great events are FREE (except admission into the State Museum and the Ice Cream Social.)

BOOTHS: Both the Children's Museum Annual Carnival and the Birthday Bash Celebration are looking for vendors and fooders. Booth Cost: Carnival $25, Birthday $35.  Please contact Melodie or Maxine for further booth information or download an application in WORD FORMAT or PDF FORMAT.

CHILI COOKOFF: Chili Cooks, please download an entry form in WORD FORMAT or PDF FORMAT or contact Maxine for info on how to sign up for this event to win prizes and bragging rights.

SPONSORS: As you might suspect, an event of this magnitude needs financial support. We have been fortunate in acquiring sponsors to fulfill our in-kind needs, but some things just require cash! To become a sponsor, please download a sponsor package in WORD FORMAT or PDF FORMAT or contact Maxine for a custom sponsor program. Click here to see the list of sponsor so far - and don't forget to join them in supporting this great celebration!

This Just In.... The Brewery Arts Center is offering FREE admission to the 2008 Jazz & Beyond Festival, taking place August 15, 16, & 17 to anyone who presents a 150th Anniversary Medallion. (Remember - the Medallions will be minted at the Nevada State Museum.)

Great News for our VIPs.... Cactus Jacks Casino and Mustang Sally will be providing a reception for our VIP descentants of our founders at the casino from 10 AM to Noon. Finger Food Buffet, Champagne, and Coffee. Stop at the CC150 booth in the Nugget Parking lot to get your VIP badge before the reception.

The City Center Motel is offering a special Sesquicentennial Rate for our VIP descendants of our founders. We applaud and appreciate them for their support.



Beyond t-shirts, pins, and other merchandise, the CC150 Committee has come up with two great commemorative items for you and your family to cherish -

1.     The US Post Office will be offering a CANCELLATION featuring the following designCancellation


2.     The Nevada State Museum/US Mint will be minting a MEDALLION available in both Silver and Bronze. Only 2,500 of the Silver medallions will be minted, each bearing the famous "CC" Mint Mark. The Silver medallion will be 1 ounce of .999 fine Silver; the Bronze medallion will be 1 ounce Bronze. Medallions will be available starting August 16, 2008 at the State Museum. Pre-order forms will be coming to this space soon.

Front face of the Silver medallion


Schedule of Events

Check the schedule below to find out about the activities at the Nugget Lot and at the State Museum and the Children's Museum. A full family fun day!

Schedule for August 16th (subject to change, of course):




9:30 AM

History of the Carson City Mint - Robert Nylen, Curator of History

Nevada State Museum

10 AM - Noon

Meet President Abe Lincoln at the Capitol

Nevada State Capitol

10 AM - 2 PM

30 min. tours of the Capitol Building, on the half-hour

Nevada State Capitol

10 AM - 3 PM

Special Minting of the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion in the historic Carson City Mint

Nevada State Museum

10 AM - 3 PM

Gold Panning (outdoors)

Nevada State Museum

10 AM - 3 PM

Kid’s Treasure Chest and Rubbings

Nevada State Museum

10 AM - 3 PM

Annual Children's Carnival

Children's Museum of Northern Nevada

11 AM

Mark Twain and Coins and Curiosities of the Comstock - Chautauqua by McAvoy Layne

Nevada State Museum

Noon - 6 PM

Birthday Bash Celebration

Nugget Parking Lot

1 PM

Chili Cook-off Tasting and Judging

Nugget Parking Lot

 1 PM - 3 PM

Coins in Nevada History, plus Morgan Dollar Grading Seminar  - by Will Robins

Nevada State Museum

Please note that the Roberts' House Ice Cream Social has been changed to August 9th
1 PM - 5 PM Downtown Beer Crawl  
2 PM Chili Cook-off Awards

Nugget Parking Lot

2:45 PM

Procession from Children's Museum to State Museum and then to Nugget Lot

Click here for procession map

Start at Children's Museum, south on Plaza, west on Robinson, cross Carson Street to the State Museum, cross Robinson to Nugget Parking Lot

3 PM

Drawing for Man’s and Woman’s Coin Watches (value $259 each)

Nevada State Museum

4 PM

Abe Lincoln’s connection to Nevada Statehood - Chautauqua by Wally Earhart

Nevada State Museum

3 PM

Cutting the Birthday Cake

Nugget Parking Lot

3 PM - 9 PM Cactus Jack's Carson City Birthday Party Cactus Jacks Casino
3:30 PM Paul Roth Quintet

Click here to find out more about their connection to Carson City's history

Nugget Parking Lot

7 PM

Karson Kruzers Street Dance

Nugget Parking Lot

1 PM - Midnight

2008 Jazz & Beyond Festival

Brewery Arts Center

Note: The Nevada State Museum Coin Education Fair continues on Sunday. Click HERE for the complete Coin Education Fair schedule.

Enjoy FREE Live Entertainment all day long at the Nugget Parking Lot. Here's the schedule:
Times Performer
Noon Wild Horse Children's Theater
12:30 PM Kaulana Na Pua O Hula - hula dancing, of course
1 PM BAC Stage Kids
1:30 PM HorseThief Canyon Desperados - guns & skits
2 PM Proscenium Players, Inc. - featuring Bob Reid and June Joplin performing songs from his original musical about Nevada
2:30 PM Carson High School Drama Department
3 PM Cutting the Birthday Cake
3:30 PM Paul Roth Quintet
4:30 PM Babylon Babes - belly dancers
5:15 PM Androgynous Whomblies - featuring Mary Bennett and performing "150 Years of Carson City History in 10 Minutes"


Map for Procession from Children's Museum to Birthday Bash:


Our History

Caution: Photoshopped Image Above. Imaginary Scene at J.B. Mankin's Cabin with the Eagle tacked above the doorway.

Carson Opera House

Carson Opera House and the Excelsior Hotel, at Carson and Spear Streets - long gone.

In 2008, Carson City is celebrating its Sesquicentennial or 150th birthday. 

A group of present-day Carson City residents has been planning events for months, with most of their energy directed toward a series of community block parties. Several downtown streets will be cordoned off for the party and shuttles will bring in people from off-site parking areas. Bands will play and historic re-enactors will be in the characters of significant historic figures from Carson City's early history. There will be chili cook-offs and coin show, tours of the Nevada State Museum and more.

"It's another milestone for us," said Mayor Marv Teixeira of the celebration. "I think what the committee has worked on so far will be fun. It will be family oriented and people are going to have a good time doing a myriad of things."

While the event may draw people from other areas, the emphasis is squarely on creating a celebration for residents of Carson City. It's a perfect opportunity for children and newcomers alike to learn about the community they live in, Teixeira said.

The committee, spearheaded by Nevada Appeal, includes elected officials, state employees, first lady Dawn Gibbons and several other residents. They hope other community groups pick up on the sesquicentennial and make it a part of their plans this year.1898 $20 Gold Coin

"What we really want to do is honor Carson City's past by pulling the community together using the strength of the newspaper, all of the events already going on throughout the year and the Nevada State Museum," said Lynette Cameron, regional marketing director for Sierra Nevada Media Group, which includes the Appeal. In addition to a weekly page on Carson City's history, the Appeal will be printing a commemorative historical edition prior to the block party.

The Appeal also commissioned a logo and slogan contest among its staff. The winning logo chosen by the committee was designed by Mary Weaver and the winning slogan, "Rich in history, true in character," was written by Rob Galloway.

The logo, which is available for use by groups planning celebrations this year, will be on one side of a special commemorative medallion to be minted at the museum to mark the celebration.

Weaver said she made sure to incorporate the Capitol dome and the V & T Railroad in her logo, emphasizing a design that represented this city's historical past, yet showed the continued movement toward the future.














The official date set for Carson City's birthday is Aug. 12, the day the deed was signed transferring Eagle Ranch from J.B. Mankins to the founders of the city, but since that falls on a Tuesday this year, the committee set the big celebration for the following weekend.

From an article by Barry Ginter in the Nevada Appeal, Feb. 24, 2008

Dr. Anton William Tjader Cal Tjader
Dr. Anton William Tjader Great-Grandson, Cal Tjader

Dr. Anton Tjader was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1825. In 1854 and 1855 he served as a surgeon in the Russian Army during the Crimean Wars. Afterwards he immigrated to America. He enrolled in the Harvard Medical School, from where he received his M.D. in 1857. After graduation he started working at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Chelsea, Massachusetts. In 1859 he left on a wagon train to travel west.

During his journey west, his wagon train was ambushed by Indians in Utah. Several men were killed, and Tjader was the only doctor available to treat the wounded. The wagons reach Genoa on September 2, 1859, and one of Tjader's first duties was describing the massacre to the local Indian agent.

In May, 1860, Tjader was involved in another Indian ambush, at Pyramid Lake during the Paiute Indian War. He was one of a company that had gone to retaliate for an attack on Williams Station a few days before. The company was ambushed by Paiutes on the banks of the Truckee River, and 76 of the men were killed, including William Ormsby. Dr. Tjader did not   return with the other survivors. But a few days later he arrived in Virginia City, having hid in a bush for two nights to avoid the Indians.

In 1862, Tjader married Lucy Curry, daughter of Carson City founder Abe Curry. It was the most lavish wedding the Nevada Territory had ever seen. The marriage was performed by Gov. Nye.

On July 7, 1870, Anton Tjader died after being ill for several months due to injuries he sustained during the Pyramid Lake Wars. During the battle he was struck in the chest by an arrow that was said to have damaged his heart. His death has been attributed to the effects of that injury. He is buried in Carson City's Lone Mountain Cemetery. His widow Lucy remarried two years later and lived until 1921.

His great-grandson, born in 1925, was Grammy-winning Latin jazz musician Cal Tjader. Famous guitarist Carlos Santana credits Tjader as an early influence. Cal Tjader was a Latin jazz musician, though he also explored various other jazz idioms. Unlike other American jazz musicians who experimented with the music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, he never abandoned it, performing it until his death.

Tjader primarily played the vibraphone. He was also accomplished on the drums, bongos, congas, timpani, and the piano. He worked with numerous musicians from several cultures. He played with Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Mongo Santamaria, Lalo Schifrin, Anita O'Day, and Chick Corea, to name a few. He is often linked to the development of Latin rock and acid jazz. Although fusing jazz with Latin music is often categorized as "Latin jazz" (or, earlier, "Afro-Cuban jazz"), Tjader's output swung freely between both styles.

He won a Grammy in 1980 for his album La Onda Va Bien, capping off a career that spanned over forty years.

In tribute to the late Cal Tjader, and in honor of all the founding families of Carson City, the Paul Roth Latin Jazz Quintet will perform at 3:30 PM at the Big Birthday Bash. The Paul Roth Quintet is an ensemble of some of the most exciting and creative young musicians in the Reno and Carson area. The band members perform regularly throughout Northwestern Nevada and California, including Harrah's Showroom in South Lake Tahoe, the Reno Blues Festival, the Carson City "Jazz and Beyond" Festival, and the Reno Jazz Festival.


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Museums and Libraries
Fraternal and Service groups
Chamber of Commerce
Tourism Bureaus
Casinos and other businesses
Arts and Music organizations
Ethnic and Religious groups
Nevada Day Committee
Western Nevada Community College
History buffs
and anyone else with ideas for the 150th

A local composer might write a commemorative composition for the Carson City Symphony for a public performance,
The Brewery Arts Center and the Proscenium Players might wish to present original performances depicting the founding of Carson City or honoring Curry, et al.
Local churches, particularly those approaching their own Sesquicentennials, might wish to participate by holding special services during the celebrations.
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The Box Factory
The Box Factory, owned and built by D.W. Bliss. Where the present-day Copeland's Lumber is. 
The box factory was owned by the Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Flume Company, under Duane Bliss (he of the Bliss Mansion), and the lumber was provided by the forests of Lake Tahoe.

If one examines the deed transferring the property from "J.B. Mankin[s] to Curry, Proctor & Musser" on August 12, 1858, and filed with the Ormsby County Recorder on June 11, 1862, a number of facts stand out. First of all, B.F. Green, Frank Proctor's father-in-law, was not a partner in the transaction, however he witnessed it and had the deed recorded. Other reliable sources tell us that after the completion of the deal, Proctor gave Green one-half of his one-third holding in the Eagle Ranch. More importantly, while the selling price was $1,000, the down payment was $300 and the balance was to be paid within thirty days. There is no mention of mustangs in the deed, although that does not rule out the possibility that Mankins later took the horses in lieu of cash. Whatever the case, only Doris Cerveri, in writing her biography of Abraham Curry (1990), ever examined the deed to confirm the legal terms of the sale...... Guy Rocha, Nevada State Archivist

"I inquire if the correct name of this place is Carson City," asked M. G. Parker of Silver City during the second Nevada State Constitutional Convention in July 1864.  Delegates were preparing to approve Carson City as the proposed state capital of Nevada. "I named the city myself," delegate and co-founder of Carson City Frank Proctor proudly proclaimed on July 27, 1864, "Carson City is what we used to call it."
The passage of time has obscured the facts surrounding the beginnings of Carson City, and today Abraham Curry is generally given the credit for naming the town and not Proctor. Co-founders John Jacob Musser, Benjamin Franklin Green and Francis Marion Proctor, who came with Curry to Eagle Valley from Downieville, California in 1858, have been all but forgotten. ...... Guy Rocha, Nevada State Archivist


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